Archive | November 2013

Made a Mess of Things?

burned_turkey[1]Flops are a part of life’s menu
Rosalind Russell, Actress

You can’t always throw out your mistakes, but maybe you can salvage part of them and learn from them!

Hope your turkey is just right for your holiday meal–and that your life is perfect for you.  If not?  Everyone gets a do-over.

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For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.

Edward M. Kennedy

Famous people have eloquent dreams spoken in flowery words.  Ordinary people have small dreams.  If that’s what you think, open your eyes and your heart to begin realizing your potential to make your dream come true.

Read my new entry at: Inspiration>Dreams>Searching For Your Dream

  This may be your time to

  • formulate your idea,
  • pick out your tools,
  • and start designing your dream.

see:  Inspiration>Dreams>Searching For Your Dream

New Day


Follow your heart

wherever it takes you

and be happy.

Life is brief and fragile

and only loaned to us

for a while.

Wake up every morning

with the thought

that something wonderful is

about to happen.



Each Generation Writes Its History

As the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination approaches, I am reminded I am now part of the generation who must own that day’s history.  We don’t always know what to do with that awful memory, but we know we must do something.

So, we read about it, talk about it, then try to put it back in the box in the back of the closet along with yellowed newspapers reporting every horrendous hour of that day–pictures clipped from Life or Time magazine–and maybe a scribbled message on notebook paper when our high school principal told us about what had happened.

Generation X remembers hearing about it–for often the history just before we were born is what links children to parents.

Generation Y only knows it as a sub-heading in their history books.

Each generation now has some horrendous event that is “of their time” be it Pearl Harbor, World War II, Kennedy’s assassination, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, 911, or Iraq & Afghanistan.

Was the country really listening to the young president’s inauguration speech as he challenged:

Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You; Ask What You Can Do For Your Country.

Inaugural Address by John F. Kennedy – January 20th 1961

What should we ask today from our country or ourselves?



What happens if you ignore a dream? Does it die or wither? Does it wander to another person who may be more ready? I don’t know…but my dream was still waiting for me when I was ready to reach for it.

  • Lucky me!

Dreams may begin to look less and less like we remembered them the further away they drift. Time and advantage can dwindle into just a faded, lost opportunity.

  • Seize it!

I wish for you that all your dandelion dreams are still as attainable as they were years ago when you first designed them.

  • Dream it!

dandelion dried

Before it disappears

Autumn in Maine

Autumn in Maine

Autumn in Maine

God dips His brushes into His fall palette

creating the beauty of this world.

The world is a …

The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.

St. Augustine

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